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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Weekly Commentary: Israeli Public Deserves to Know Cost of Destroying Gaza Weapons

Weekly Commentary: Israeli Public Deserves to Know Cost of Destroying Gaza
Weapons
Dr. Aaron Lerner 20 October, 2018

Israeli intelligence has devoted considerable resources to maintaining the
"target bank" - a detailed listing that includes the location of every known
rocket and other weapon system in the Gaza Strip as well as the location of
every known facility engaged in manufacturing these weapons.

To date the Israeli policymakers have declined to order the destruction of
these targets.

This is most likely out of concern for the collateral damage that would be
associated with hitting targets either protected by human shields or located
within sensitive targets such a hospitals, schools, mosques. etc.

To put it brutally: it would appear that Israeli policymakers are convinced
that it would take an Israeli bloodbath to justify a truly effective IDF
operation against these targets.

And in the absence of an Israeli bloodbath, Israel's goal is limited to
"restoring deterrence" = Hamas keeps on arming itself with even more
advanced weapons but declines to use them against the Jewish State for a
period of time.

Yes. It would be na´ve and irresponsible to suggest that an effective IDF
operation against the targets would not have serious consequences.

But the public deserves to know these assessments.

It has frequently turned out that the Israeli street has been considerably
more willing to bear the costs of military operations than the policymakers
anticipated.
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